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GALLERY: Black Lives Matter protests at The Summit and Riverchase Galleria
GALLERY: Black Lives Matter protests at The Summit and Riverchase Galleria
Birmingham Business Journal at Friday, December 19, 2014 9:35:21 PM
Black Lives Matter protest slows business at The Summit
Despite Friday's peaceful protests by Black Lives Matter-Birmingham, which threatened to shut down the interstate, traffic moved along U.S. 280 at a steady pace and police officers directed traffic into The Summit with little resistance from the crowd for most of the day.
At one point late in the protest, however, protesters did make their way onto the road, temporarily slowing traffic on U.S. 280.
Protesters at The Summit and Riverchase Galleria called for positive change following the ...Birmingham Business Journal at Friday, December 19, 2014 8:20:58 PM
Year in Review: Our toughest Business Pulse quizzes of the year
Birmingham residents really know their beer and their city's history. But they could stand do a little more research on the airport and, surprisingly, SEC football.
That's according to the results of our Business Pulse quizzes from 2014. As part of our Year in Review, we're looking back at some of the most difficult quizzes of the year, based on the average scores from readers. Readers scored highest on quizzes about Birmingham's craft beer industry and the city's history.
We launched th...Birmingham Business Journal at Friday, December 19, 2014 6:12:24 PM
ConcertCare hires Bradley Arant partner as president and COO
Birmingham-based ConcertCare, a consulting firm for the medical industry, has hired Johnathan Kipp to serve as president and chief operating officer.
Kipp will leave his position as partner at Bradley Arant Boult Cummings, where he practiced in areas such as business entity formation, capitalization, private securities placements, private equity and venture capital investments. He also served as vice chairman of the firm's emerging growth companies team.
Kipp said his long-held desire to...Birmingham Business Journal at Friday, December 19, 2014 4:04:29 PM
State looks to schools for construction labor after immigration fallout
Alabama's controversial immigration law, HB 56, was signed into law in 2011, a time when most of the country was starting to emerge from the Great Recession.
Contractors and construction industry leaders said the law spurred an almost immediate depletion of immigrant labor in Alabama. Even laborers who had come to country legally preferred other states to Alabama, which has one of the stiffest immigration laws in the nation.
"We had subcontractors telling us that not only could they not ...Birmingham Business Journal at Friday, December 19, 2014 4:03:34 PM
Alabama unemployment rate declines in November
Alabama posted a 6 percent unemployment rate in November, which is down slightly from the November 2013 rate of 6.2 percent, according to data from the Alabama Department of Labor.
The unemployment rate in Jefferson County fell from 6 percent a year ago to 5.1 percent this November, and the metro area gained 3,900 jobs from last November.
The areas that gained the most jobs in Birmingham include professional and personal business services at 2,300 and administrative support and waste man...Birmingham Business Journal at Friday, December 19, 2014 3:56:24 PM
Watts responds to UAB Faculty Senate's no confidence resolution
The University of Alabama at Birmingham Faculty Senate has released two propositions that calls for a transparent analysis of UAB athletics and a vote of no confidence in President Ray Watts.
The no confidence draft details how Watts failed to include the Faculty Senate in the decision to cut athletic programs, which violated the UAB Faculty handbook and Faculty Senate Constitution.
The resolution also claims Watts failed to adequately include the Faculty Senate regarding decisions on ac...Birmingham Business Journal at Friday, December 19, 2014 3:49:51 PM
Conflicting reports about status of Black Lives Matter protests at Summit, Galleria
Editor's Note: This story is developing and has been edited with updates.
There are now conflicting reports about the protests planned at two of Birmingham's largest shopping centers on one of the busiest shopping days of the year.
A website called blacklivesmatterbham.org claims the protests at The Summit and the Riverchase Galleria say the demonstrations, which were scheduled for Friday afternoon, have been postponed.
According to a statement on the website, the events were postpone...Birmingham Business Journal at Friday, December 19, 2014 3:01:48 PM
2014 in Review: The top trends in cyber security and data
This year has been incredibly active in the world of data privacy and security. Companies have seen a significant rise in data breaches - including a huge one just weeks ago at Sony.
Additionally, increased use of "big data" analytics and Internet-connected devices promise significant benefits, but also present major data privacy and security risks. Information privacy and security have therefore been primary focus areas this year for businesses, federal and state regulators and legal exper...Birmingham Business Journal at Friday, December 19, 2014 2:49:26 PM
Still scrambling for Christmas presents? Instagift plans Cyber Monday sequel
If you missed the first Cyber Monday and are still scrambling for Christmas gifts, a Birmingham tech firm is willing to give you another chance.
Birmingham-based tech startup Instagift provides eGift cards for both local and national businesses that users can print or email directly to whomever they choose. The company recently created bhamcybermonday.com, and after experiencing an extraordinary amount of success, it decided to bring the deals back for Cyber Monday 2, which will be Dec. 22.Birmingham Business Journal at Friday, December 19, 2014 12:09:31 PM
PharmaPoint expands to Illinois
PharmaPoint is growing its operations by opening a point-of-care retail pharmacy at Edward Hospital and Health Services in Naperville, Ill.
PharmaPoint, a Birmingham-based pharmacy management and technology company, will implement its workflow management system XchangePoint as a monitoring and documentation platform for bedside services, which includes delivery of medications, medication consultation, medication therapy management and post discharge consultation.
"Medication adherence is...Birmingham Business Journal at Friday, December 19, 2014 11:56:54 AM
Birmingham meets tougher air quality standard
Birmingham is in compliance with the Environmental Protection Agency's tougher new air quality standards for fine particulates.
According to the Jefferson County Department of Health, that marks the first time the area's air quality has met a new, lower fine particulate standard prior to the official designation by the EPA.
Being in compliance with the new standards is critical for Birmingham and the area's economic development efforts. In the past, business leaders have pointed to the s...Birmingham Business Journal at Friday, December 19, 2014 11:48:36 AM
New York investors buy Homewood office towers for $6.8M
A prominent Homewood office property has been sold.
Grand Twin Towers was acquired in a portfolio transaction by New York-based Mount Kellett Capital Management from In-Rel Properties for $6.8 million, according to Jefferson County public records.
Morning Calm Management will manage the property and its affiliate will retain an ownership interest, Morning Calm Management CEO & Principal Mukang Cho said in a statement this week.
Jamie Graff, Matt Stein and Tim Patten of Raymond James &...Birmingham Business Journal at Friday, December 19, 2014 11:22:04 AM
Mayor wants to redevelop A.G. Gaston Motel
Birmingham Mayor William Bell has a plan to save the A.G. Gaston Motel building and turn it into a piece of living history.
According to a report from AL.com, Bell has proposed a $10 million plan that would turn the historic building into an academic "Freedom Center."
The development would also include commercial space, but the main focus will be on preserving history, particularly of the civil rights era.
Bell said in the report that $10 million that is already dedicated for public s...Birmingham Business Journal at Friday, December 19, 2014 10:09:17 AM
Up To Speed: Wireless carriers pump tablets, but they may be approaching saturation (Video)
Verizon Communications and AT&T appear to have determined that their path to wireless service customer growth is through essentially giving away tablets, according to a report by Bloomberg. This month, the two carriers are each offering free or nearly-free tablets to customers who sign up for certain wireless services, highlighting a recent trend in which 61 percent of total monthly subscriber growth at the country's top carriers is due to tablets, the report said.
It's clear why those comp...Birmingham Business Journal at Friday, December 19, 2014 9:11:07 AM
Mobile to Havana? Experts argue possibility of cruise industry returning to The Port City
Luxury cruise ships could soon be seen humming around Mobile Bay again, as political and economic tensions ease between the U.S. and Cuba.
In a report from AL.com, Alabama Tourism Department Director Lee Sentell pointed out that politics and logistics are enough reasoning to establish trips from Mobile to Havana, Cuba. However, others are arguing the same logistics will actually hurt Mobile's chances.
The Alabama Cruise Terminal has not had a cruise service since October 2011, when Miami...Birmingham Business Journal at Friday, December 19, 2014 9:09:02 AM
Tortugas Homemade Pizza plans new location near Regions Field
Tortugas Homemade Pizza has announced plans to open a second area location near Regions Field on Second Avenue South.
The Birmingham eatery will open the new location in the spring, according to a report from AL.com. The pizza shop's only location has been open along Highway 150 since 1999 and owner Matt Vizcaino told the publication that it was time for an expansion.
Tortugas specializes in thick Chicago-style pizza, along with thin crust pizzas, salads, subs and lasagna.
Vizcaino al...Birmingham Business Journal at Friday, December 19, 2014 7:59:52 AM
Birmingham Zoo receives $1M toward Capital Campaign
The Birmingham Zoo was recently awarded a $1 million grant from the Hugh Kaul Foundation to go into the Zoo's Capital Campaign.
The funds will be used to name the Hugh Kaul plaza outside the front entrance of the zoo, a release from the Zoo said. Additionally, funds from the Capital Campaign will be put toward an Asian Passage exhibit and new arrival experience.
Plans for the new arrival experience will include a new front entry, community area and plazas, the release said.
The City o...Birmingham Business Journal at Friday, December 19, 2014 7:42:32 AM
Legacy CEO talks about naming rights deal for BJCC
Legacy Community Federal Credit Union's title sponsorship deal for the Birmingham-Jefferson Convention Complex through 2019 should have a positive impact on the community and the credit union, its president and CEO Joe McGee said.
As we reported Wednesday, the Birmingham-based credit union has inked sponsorship agreement for the facility, which will now be known as Legacy Arena at BJCC. The deal will last a term of five years for $2 million.
Since the credit union has a history of commun...Birmingham Business Journal at Thursday, December 18, 2014 4:05:15 PM
Birmingham's business elite not wavering on support for Watts
Since announcing the end of the University of Alabama at Birmingham football program, UAB President Ray Watts has faced criticism on several fronts.
But one sector of the community that seems to be standing firm in its support of Watts is the Birmingham business world.
On Saturday, Watts was present for the summer and fall commencement ceremonies, but reports said he did not address graduates at either commencement. But on Tuesday, Watts stood for a lengthy time during the luncheon as th...Birmingham Business Journal at Thursday, December 18, 2014 3:15:57 PM
Aldi looking for more sites in Birmingham
Aldi is planning more Birmingham locations.
Aldi's Mount Joliet division Vice President Troy Marshall recently told AL.com the boutique grocery chain is eying more potential sites in the metro.
The most recent grand opening was in Alabaster. Hueytown opened its store earlier in the fall, making this 18 total for the state.
Aldi joins a long list of grocery store chains that have been active in the Magic City since the start of 2014.
The small boutique grocers, which include Trade J...Birmingham Business Journal at Thursday, December 18, 2014 2:53:07 PM
We're looking for Birmingham's Best Places to Work
Is your company a place where employees actually look forward to Mondays?
If so, you might want to nominate it for our 2015 Best Places to Work awards. These awards recognize companies that have created great workplace cultures through innovative perks, strong leadership and excellent communication, among other ingredients.
Here's how it works. The BBJ, for the 10th year in a row, is partnering with Quantum Workplace, which will conduct a survey of employees for businesses in metro Birmi...Birmingham Business Journal at Thursday, December 18, 2014 2:27:31 PM
Ranked: Birmingham’s largest court judgments of 2014
2014 was a good year for plaintiffs in every one of Birmingham's largest court cases.
We recently ranked the largest court judgments made in Birmingham during 2014 as part of our look back at the top stories of the year. Plaintiffs won each of the top 10 cases, netting a total of $12.9 million. Awards for plaintiffs topped $1 million in each of the three largest judgments.
Here are the top 10 legal judgments in 2014, according to ACBJ Leads data, which gathers weekly figures from local g...Birmingham Business Journal at Thursday, December 18, 2014 2:27:09 PM
Five questions with BB&T’s new Alabama president Burton McDonald
Burton McDonald Jr. is set to become BB&T's new regional president for Alabama on Jan. 1.
McDonald, who has more than 27 years of banking experience, has been with BB&T since August 2007. He most recently served as the bank's market president of greater Birmingham.
As we reported earlier this week, McDonald will replace Donta Wilson, who has been named the regional president of BB&T's northern Georgia region.
McDonald recently spoke to the Birmingham Business Journal about his managem...Birmingham Business Journal at Thursday, December 18, 2014 2:07:52 PM
How the Baptist, Brookwood merger could shape Bham's future health care landscape
The planned joint venture between Baptist Health System and Brookwood Medical Center to create a new health system stems from rapid changes in the delivery of health care.
If this partnership goes through, there could also be changes among which system claims majority ownership of the markets that make up Birmingham's wealthiest zip codes.
Currently, St. Vincent's Health System controls the majority of those markets, but the combination of Brookwood's coveted location on U.S. 31 and Bapt...Birmingham Business Journal at Thursday, December 18, 2014 2:07:11 PM
Bentley unveils Alabama's regional care organizations as part of Medicaid overhaul
Gov. Robert Bentley announced today the six regional care organizations that will coordinate the health care of Medicaid patients as part of a statewide overhaul of the system.
Alabama Care Plan was selected to manage Region B, which includes most of metro Birmingham and other portions of eastern and central Alabama.
The University of Alabama at Birmingham, St. Vincent's Health System and Triton Health System's Viva Health, are affiliated with Alabama Care Plan, according to state docume...Birmingham Business Journal at Thursday, December 18, 2014 1:04:39 PM
Wells Fargo Dealer Services opens new Bham regional biz center
Wells Fargo & Co. has established its first dealer services office in Alabama in an effort to drive more auto lending business in the region.
Wells Fargo Dealer Services' regional business center is located in the bank's Homewood facility on Wildwood Parkway, where 468 of its mortgage-servicing employees were laid off earlier this year.
The new regional business center will serve the entire state and portions of Florida and Mississippi, providing dealers with financial service solutions,...Birmingham Business Journal at Thursday, December 18, 2014 11:25:00 AM
Siegelman won't be released from prison
Former Alabama Gov. Don Siegelman will not be released from prison during his appeal, a federal judge ruled today.
The decision follows a series of appeals dating back to his 2006 conviction on bribery charges. He was trying to get released from a prison camp in Louisiana while appealing his conviction.
Despite the U.S. District Judge saying Siegelman brought up "significant issues that deserve serious consideration," he said it was unlikely that he would get a new trial, according to AL...Birmingham Business Journal at Thursday, December 18, 2014 10:56:00 AM
City Council takes aim at BBA after Watts election
The Birmingham Business Alliance's election of University of Alabama at Birmingham President Ray Watts as its chairman elect has struck a nerve with the Birmingham City Council.
According to AL.com, several members of the Council lashed out at the BBA in a committee meeting on Wednesday night.
Council members were critical of the election of Watts in the wake of his decision to end the UAB football program, but they also took aim at the organization's advocacy for the city of Birmingham ...Birmingham Business Journal at Thursday, December 18, 2014 9:20:00 AM
Which Wich opens in Montgomery
Which Wich has officially opened in Montgomery.
The customizable sandwich shop on Eastchase Parkway opened its doors on Monday, making it the seventh location for the Which Wich brand in Alabama, according to a report from the Montgomery Advertiser.
The report said the new eatery, located at The Shoppes at Eastchase, offers more than 70 different choices for patrons.
Which Wich occupies the former space of 32 Degrees in the shopping center and hired around 20 employees, according to t...Birmingham Business Journal at Thursday, December 18, 2014 8:49:00 AM
Up To Speed: Chevron bows to oil volatility, pulls back on Arctic drilling plan (Video)
Chevron Corp. has decided to hold off on a major drilling initiative in the Canadian Arctic due to recent volatile oil prices. Reuters reported that this is the largest drilling project to be put on the shelf due to plunging oil prices, which have dropped to about half of what they were six months ago.
Chevron (NYSE: CVX) had been preparing to drill in the remote Northwest Territories since at least 2009, and had made plans for exploration that stretched into the next decade, that report ad...Birmingham Business Journal at Thursday, December 18, 2014 8:27:00 AM
Mayor's discretionary spending increase delayed
Birmingham Mayor William Bell will now have to wait before his discretionary spending limit is increased.
Members of the Birmingham City Council delayed the proposal to increase the spending limit during a committee meeting on Wednesday, according to a report from AL.com. While the council appears willing to make the increase, the report said they will not do so until Bell presents detailed reports of what he is currently doing with his allotted funds.
We reported in October that the inc...Birmingham Business Journal at Thursday, December 18, 2014 8:20:00 AM
City council critical of BBA's decision to appoint Watts chair-elect
Members of the Birmingham City Council expressed their displeasure on Wednesday evening concerning the decision by the Birmingham Business Alliance to appoint UAB President Ray Watts as chairman-elect.
Along with the opposition to Watts' new position, the council showed its support for the planned vote of no confidence by the UAB Faculty Senate, according to a report from AL.com. The report also cited council members who criticized the BBA for "poor advocacy for the needs of Birmingham and ...Birmingham Business Journal at Thursday, December 18, 2014 7:46:00 AM
UA System releases statement on President Judy Bonner's resignation
Following the announcement that University of Alabama President Judy Bonner will resign in 2015, UA System officials Chancellor Robert Witt and President pro tempore Karen Brooks released statements commending Bonner's service to the university as its first female president.
"On behalf of The University of Alabama System, I want to express our gratitude and respect for all that she has accomplished thus far in a remarkable career of service to The University of Alabama and our state. Under ...Birmingham Business Journal at Thursday, December 18, 2014 7:17:00 AM
Judy Bonner to step down as UA president
University of Alabama President Judy Bonner has announced plans to leave the position.
In a letter to UA System Chancellor Robert Witt, Bonner outlined her reasoning for leaving the position, primarily to enter back into teaching and working directly with students. Her responsibilities as president will end by Sept. 30, 2015, according to the letter sent to Dr. Witt.
Bonner will take a year's sabbatical to prepare for a return to the classroom in 2016.
She was named the 28th president...Birmingham Business Journal at Wednesday, December 17, 2014 4:23:00 PM
Warren Averett to open first Mobile office
Warren Averett LLC is expanding its Southeast presence by opening a new office in Mobile.
The Birmingham-based accounting and advising firm said its Mobile office, located in the RSA Battle House Tower, will officially open on Jan. 1.
"The Mobile market is poised for growth and opportunity through industries such as maritime, aerospace, construction and manufacturing," said Warren Averett's CEO Jim Cunningham. "Entering this market puts us in a better position to build long lasting relat...Birmingham Business Journal at Wednesday, December 17, 2014 3:51:00 PM
Vietnamese restaurant Pho Pho to open at Five Points
Pho Pho, a Vietnamese and Asian-style restaurant will open early next year at Five Points South.
Owner Young Shin signed a lease on the 3,500-square-foot space at 1025 20th Street S.
Gale Kahn of Kahn Properties handled the lease for Shin, who once owned a chicken wing restaurant in Birmingham he sold five years ago.
The restaurant is the site of the former Sekisui Pacific Rim.
Shin said the time is right to start a new concept in one of Birmingham's growing districts.
"They don'...Birmingham Business Journal at Wednesday, December 17, 2014 3:48:00 PM
Proxsys Rx forms partnership with division of Mississippi Hospital Association
Proxsys Rx, a Birmingham-based integrator of outpatient pharmacies, has expanded further in Mississippi by forming a partnership with a division of the Mississippi Hospital Association, MHA Solutions.
"We have worked hard to forge this partnership which saves our hospitals money through value based purchasing and other negotiated benefits, and streamlines their ability to comply with an entire category of government mandates in a cost-effective way. It provides our facilities and patients w...Birmingham Business Journal at Wednesday, December 17, 2014 3:19:00 PM
Black Lives Matter-Birmingham to protest at The Summit and Riverchase Galleria
Protests against racially-charged police violence continue across the country, including the Magic City.
Protestors are planning to gather at the entrance of The Summit and inside Riverchase Galleria on Friday afternoon to speak out against the deaths of Michael Brown and Eric Garner at the hands of law enforcement, according to a report from Fox 6.
Protests at The Summit will begin at 3 p.m. at the entrance traffic light, with the goal being to shut down U.S. 280.
The protest is the ...Birmingham Business Journal at Wednesday, December 17, 2014 3:12:00 PM
Legacy inks naming rights deal for BJCC Arena
The Birmingham-Jefferson Convention Complex Arena will have a new name on Jan. 1.
Legacy Community Federal Credit Union has inked a sponsorship agreement for the facility, which will now be known as Legacy Arena at BJCC.
As part of the deal, the arena will be branded with a new logo on the interior and exterior of the facility, which hosts a range of sports and entertainment events. The 18,000-seat arena was built in 1976 and has hosted acts ranging from Elvis and George Strait to Justin...Birmingham Business Journal at Wednesday, December 17, 2014 3:11:00 PM
Highlands Bar and Grill ranked one of 2014's best restaurants
Several Birmingham eateries have gained notoriety for what they bring to the culinary world, but only one local spot made OpenTable Diners' Choice list of 2014 Best Restaurants in America.
The Highlands Bar and Grill, located on 11th Avenue South, was listed as "contemporary southern," and ranked as the tenth best restaurant on the list.
"Frank and Pardis Stitt invite you to enjoy a French-inspired Southern dinner, where exquisite food and gracious service combine to create one of Americ...Birmingham Business Journal at Wednesday, December 17, 2014 1:04:00 PM
Extruflex North America takes 20K square feet in Pelham
France-based Extruflex North America has inked a 20,000-square-foot warehouse lease in Pelham.
The company, which has been in business for nearly 50 years, will occupy space at 169 Business Center Drive.
Jordan Tubb of Graham & Co. represented the tenant in the lease of the space.
The PVC production company has over 50 years in producing products through the extrusion process.
Extruflex North America produces a wide range of products from strips, sheets, doors and more.
The compa...Birmingham Business Journal at Wednesday, December 17, 2014 12:44:00 PM
Roto-Rooter signs 15K-square-foot lease in Pelham
Roto-Rooter has signed a lease for 15,000 square feet in Pelham.
Jordan Tubb of Graham & Co. represented the company in the lease at 283-D Cahaba Valley Parkway.
The 75 year-old company has been serving the Birmingham area for decades.
The company offers a wide range of residential and commercial plumbing services including drains, faucets, toilets, water heaters, backflow, water leaks and sewer lines.
Roto-Rooter provides emergency services 24/7 and offers disposals, water jetting...Birmingham Business Journal at Wednesday, December 17, 2014 12:42:00 PM
UAB's annual NIH funding up 20 percent
The University of Alabama at Birmingham received $225 million in federal research funding from the National Institutes of Health during the 2014 fiscal year, which places the school 10th in NIH funding among public universities.
That total is up 20 percent from last year when UAB secured $188 million in NIH funding.
The UAB School of Medicine received $156.3 million in grants, followed by the School of Public Health at $28.9 million and the School of Dentistry at $11.7 million.
"Garne...Birmingham Business Journal at Wednesday, December 17, 2014 12:30:00 PM
Portland company buys Pelham warehouse for distribution facility
Portland, Ore.-based Hydra-Power Systems has acquired warehouse property in Pelham and plans to open its regional distribution facility at the site.
Hydra-Power Systems purchased the property at 150 Business Center Drive for $745,000, according to Jefferson County public records.
The 13,500 facility will become the Pacific Northwest company's Southeast distribution facility, according to a release from Graham & Co.
Jordan Tubb of Graham & Co. represented the seller, A Image Realty LLC...Birmingham Business Journal at Wednesday, December 17, 2014 11:49:00 AM
Ranked: Birmingham’s largest bankruptcies of 2014
Birmingham's declining rate of bankruptcy filings was one of many positive trends for the city in 2014, but the region still had its share of notable bankruptcies.
Bankruptcy filings for the Northern District of Alabama fell by 12.7 percent for the first three quarters of 2014 from the same period in the previous year. This mirrors a statewide decline in filings, which fell 7.9 percent in the first nine months.
As part of our Year in Review coverage, we have compiled this List of the Bir...Birmingham Business Journal at Wednesday, December 17, 2014 11:45:00 AM
Former Mazer's Discout Home Center space fetches $1.2 million
Birmingham-based RJ Mechanical Inc. has purchased a large warehouse space.
The mechanical contractor acquired the former Mazer's Discount Home Center space consisting of 275,000 square feet of warehouse space at 2 South 41st Street in Birmingham.
J.B. Mazer LLC sold the property to RJ Building LLC for $1.2 million, according to Jefferson County public records.
Jack Brown of Graham & Co. represented RJ Building LLC in the transaction.
Russell Sandlin, president of RJ Mechanical said...Birmingham Business Journal at Wednesday, December 17, 2014 11:45:00 AM
Top of the List: Birmingham’s top banks
Following the tumultuous effects of the 2008 financial crisis, banks in the Magic City are bouncing back.
Bank lending is on the rise, with a 20 percent increase in SBA loans in FY2014 from the previous year. Profits and hiring also increased in the past year, while out-of-state banks continue to expand their presence in the metro area.
As part of our Year in Review coverage, we recently looked back on some of the biggest banking stories of 2014 to provide a comprehensive look at how loc...Birmingham Business Journal at Wednesday, December 17, 2014 11:42:00 AM
Up To Speed: Sony tells theaters they don't have to show 'The Interview' after threat (Video)
Hackers who leaked troves of information from Sony Pictures have now threatened to carry out terrorist attacks at theaters showing the studio's new film, "The Interview", prompting Sony (NYSE: SNE) to allow theaters the option of dropping the title. The Wall Street Journal reported that, notably, Carmike Cinemas (NASDAQ: CKEC) has already said it won't show the comedy, which stars Seth Rogen and James Franco as two reporters tasked with assassinating North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un.
That re...Birmingham Business Journal at Wednesday, December 17, 2014 8:22:00 AM
MAX Transit Authority proposes Bessemer route
The MAX Transit Authority could soon be humming along streets in Bessemer.
The Authority held a public hearing on Tuesday concerning the possible new bus route, according to a report from Fox 6. Commuters could have several new alternatives, including a transit system between downtown Bessemer and the Galleria during morning and evening rush hours.
Another meeting is scheduled for next Tuesday to gather public opinion on the matter. It will take place at 6 p.m. at the Bessemer city hall,...Birmingham Business Journal at Wednesday, December 17, 2014 8:08:00 AM
Journey to the Edge
UAB Antarctic explorer guides cruises to a changing continent
By Charles Buchanan
Jim McClintock, Ph.D., loves his job so much that he just can’t stay away from the office. Which is pretty impressive when you consider that one of his workspaces sits 6,898 miles away from Birmingham, at Palmer Station in Antarctica.
McClintock is UAB’s Endowed University Professor in Polar and Marine Biology. He and fellow UAB biology professor Charles Amsler, Ph.D., conduct frequent Antarctic...UAB Magazine at Friday, November 21, 2014 11:48:31 AM
Counting the Consequences
Number crunching reveals the surprising ways laws work
By Matt Windsor • Illustration by Ron Gamble • Photo by Nik Layman
Griffin Edwards, Ph.D., entered college “figuring out if I should be a lawyer or an economist.” He ended up combining the two. Edwards, an assistant professor of economics in the UAB Collat School of Business, specializes in empirical legal studies, a young discipline that applies high-powered statistical methods to lawmaking. By calculating and comparing e...UAB Magazine at Tuesday, November 18, 2014 7:00:00 PM
East-West Downtown Street Tour
...Birmingham Weekly at Thursday, November 13, 2014 2:03:18 AM
Secrets in Stone
Art historian cracks the code of an ancient temple
By Williesha Morris • Article photos and captions by Cathleen Cummings
For 13 centuries, the Virupaksha Temple in Pattadakal has been one of the most recognizable landmarks in Indian art—a towering layer cake of elaborate, hand-carved friezes populated by a bevy of Hindu deities and symbols.
Now Cathleen Cummings, Ph.D., an associate professor in the UAB Department of Art and Art History who sp...UAB Magazine at Wednesday, November 12, 2014 9:59:49 AM
Strength From the Scars
Chris Ebner helps heroes soldier on
By Andrew Clark • Photo courtesy of Chris Ebner
Chris Ebner, M.S., OTR/L, entered the field of occupational therapy “to help people get back to their daily lives,” he says. But after September 11, 2001, he was determined to use his knowledge and experience to help his country stand strong once more.
Today, Ebner spends his days as supervisor of occupational therapy with the Warrior Transition Battalion-Europe. Based in Kaiserslautern, Germa...UAB Magazine at Monday, November 10, 2014 2:17:13 PM
Aiming for fitness without barriers
By Carrie Arnold • Photos by Steve Wood The first thing people learn when they come through the doors of Birmingham’s Lakeshore Foundation is that a disability—physical, mental, or emotional—doesn’t translate into an inability to exercise.
That goes for everyone, from injured military veterans to visually impaired children, and people who have lost limbs to individuals with spinal cord injury, stroke, Parkinson’s disease, and other conditions. ...UAB Magazine at Monday, October 20, 2014 3:58:39 PM
5 Koozies Ever Alabamian Should own
Koozies are a part of Alabama tradition as much as barbeque or football. here is a collection of koozies that everyone from Alabama should have in their drawer! 1. The Football Koozie This koozie is shaped and feels like a real football! The roll tide koozieball is one of our favorites and is great for […]...Birmingham Weekly at Friday, October 10, 2014 7:50:24 PM
Best Places to Eat In Birmingham
Watchmojo explored and found the best places to eat in Birmingham what do you think of the places that made it and who do you think is missing off the list?...Birmingham Weekly at Thursday, October 09, 2014 1:03:02 AM
What snow does to Birmingham, Alabama?
Up North they can’t handle the heat! But in Birmingham, Alabama this is what happens when it snows like it did in 2013...Birmingham Weekly at Wednesday, October 08, 2014 12:56:39 AM
Wisdom of the Ages
Geriatric patients teach dental students about the future
By Rosalind Fournier • Photos by Steve Wood The elderly patient looked in the mirror, gave herself a tentative smile, and started to cry. For years, she had a front tooth that stuck out because it was longer than the others. Now Lillian Mitchell, D.D.S., and her UAB School of Dentistry students had shortened it and polished it to blend in with the rest of her teeth. “I can smile again,” the patient said.
Lillian Mitche...UAB Magazine at Tuesday, September 16, 2014 2:34:01 PM